NSPE Adopts New Strategic Plan

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The House of Delegates of the National Society of Professional Engineers recently approved a new strategic plan for the organization during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The plan seeks to refocus the organization while remaining committed to the values set 80 years ago by Society Founder David Steinman, P.E.

"The strategic plan will enable our organization to continually improve the alignment of our efforts so that we focus on programs, services, and volunteer opportunities that make us unique in the engineering community and thereby make NSPE membership more and more attractive to all professional engineers," says NSPE President Harve Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE.

The new strategic plan, which has its roots in the association management book Race for Relevance, emphasizes that NSPE "is a single, integrated system of autonomous but closely coordinated parts: state, national, and local.” The plan continues the Society's dedication to serving licensed professional engineers, engineer interns, and those who aspire to become licensed. To help fulfill NSPE's mission, the plan also includes six strategy areas adopted by the board of directors: member value, advocacy, content, collaboration, member engagement, and professional and leadership development.

NSPE's reevaluation of its programs and activities began in 2012 when President Dan Wittliff, P.E., F.NSPE, began a top-to-bottom review of the organization’s programs. Nearly 100 members from 41 states were divided into seven task forces and contributed about 3,000 hours of time. Their efforts were guided by Race for Relevance, written by association consultants Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers. The book details the challenges faced by today’s associations—such as increased value expectations, increased generational differences, increased competition, and the technology explosion—and provides advice on the changes necessary to adapt.

View the new strategic plan, and all of NSPE’s Race for Relevance initiatives to date.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is a member-centric, nimble, future-focused, and responsive organization, serving as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multidisciplinary networking, and outreach, NSPE enhances the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and just over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.